Discovering that your home has been invaded by animals such as rodents or squirrels is frustrating. These unwelcome guests can cause significant damage in your home and create unsanitary conditions as feces, urine, and blood left behind may contain harmful viruses that can spread disease. If your home is affected by animals or rodents like squirrels, rats, or mice, you need to call a professional exterminator to rid your home of these animals. After the intrusive animals have been removed, the damaged areas need to be cleaned up, restored, and disinfected.
At ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration, we provide rodent and animal waste cleanup and repair to help affected homes and businesses in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas. Our technicians can remove dangerous biohazard materials like animal feces and urine and disinfect the affected areas and materials. We can also repair property damage caused by the animals.
Problems Caused by Animals
Infestations by rodents such as rats and mice may be common, but they are still a major cause for concern. They often find entry points within walls in basements and attics and they can cause significant property damage by chewing wires and wood and tearing up insulation. If there are several rodents in your home gnawing on wood and drywall, they could cause serious structural damage. The chewing of electrical wires also increases the risk of a fire.
The other major issue with a rodent infestation is the unsanitary conditions they create. Urine and feces from rats and mice, as well as other bodily fluids like blood and vomit, likely contain viruses that spread disease. Humans can contract diseases by touching one of these substances and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth without washing their hands. You can also become infected by breathing in contaminated dust or by getting scratched or bitten by a rodent. It is very important for rodent waste to be cleaned up by licensed biohazard cleaning professionals to reduce the risk of infectious disease.
According to the CDC, rodents can directly transmit the following diseases to humans:
- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
- Lymphocytic chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Rat-bite fever
- Hepatitis A
While rodents are the most common type of animals to invade a home or building, they are not the only ones. Animals such as squirrels, racoons, and birds can also get inside and cause the same problems as rodents. Feces, urine, blood, and other bodily fluids from any animal are potentially dangerous. Animals like squirrels and racoons can cause more significant damage than rodents because they are bigger animals. Racoons especially can tear apart insulation and wooden structures that will need immediate repair.
Rodent and Animal Waste Cleanup and Repair
After the animals are removed by an exterminator, the area they infested will be unsanitary and in disrepair. Our professionals at ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration can safely and effectively clean up the affected areas and remove dangerous waste materials like blood, urine, and feces. We can also repair damage to wooden structures and drywall caused by the animals.
Our rodent and animal waste cleanup includes the following steps:
- Biohazard waste removal: We can safely remove urine, feces, blood, vomit, and other biohazard materials left behind by the animals.
- Cleaning and disinfection: We use powerful cleaners and disinfectants to fully treat the affected areas and remove all traces of urine, feces, and other dangerous materials. This step will eliminate the risk of infectious diseases.
- Structural repairs: If the animals cause structural damage to wood or drywall in your property, we will repair the damage.
- Block entry points: We will look for possible points of entry and seal them to prevent future infestations.
If your home or building is infested with animals or rodents like rats or mice, call an exterminator to have the animals removed, and then call our professionals at ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration to address the damage. Our technicians will repair structural damage caused by the animals and remove dangerous biohazard materials like urine and feces to restore sanitary conditions. You can reach us at (303) 791-6000 for rodent and animal waste cleanup in the Denver, CO area.